Sunday March 9 2014
Serie A Week 27: Did You Know?

Juventus matched Torino and Inter all-time records by continuing Fiorentina's Turin taboo, Roma fell in Naples again and Milan had their worst run in Susy Campanale's Serie A stats.

Juventus matched Torino’s all-time Serie A record of 14 consecutive home wins, set in 1975-76. The run of 23 victories in the opening 27 rounds also equals Inter’s record start in 2006-07, although they have 72 points compared to the Nerazzurri’s 73 at this stage. The Bianconeri also set a new club record by finding the net for 40 top flight matches on the trot with a total 84 goals.

Fiorentina’s record in Turin is dire with one victory, 3-2 in 2008, and five draws in their last 22 Serie A visits. They haven’t kept a Serie A clean sheet here since a 0-0 in November 1981, conceding 45 goals in 28 games. The Viola have scraped just one point in the last four rounds.

Since their 4-2 defeat in Florence, Juve have notched up 17 wins and two draws in the League. Kwadwo Asamoah has put three of his career total 12 Serie A goals past favourite targets Fiorentina, including his debut strike.

Roma fell to their second defeat of the campaign after a 3-0 at Juventus in January, along with 17 victories and seven draws. It was their second loss at the San Paolo this term, as they were beaten 3-0 in the Coppa Italia semi-final in February, and third in a row including last season. The Giallorossi have amassed only two wins in their last nine official away fixtures, losing three. Rudi Garcia’s men saw their Serie A clean sheet terminated after almost six and a half hours of football.

Jose Callejon has scored 10 Serie A goals in his debut season, 15 in all competition, but his last four were netted in the final 10 minutes of games. Napoli are now unbeaten in eight official outings, including five victories, while they haven’t lost in their last 12 home games.

Parma continued to extend their unbeaten club record with eight wins and seven draws now, including five clean sheets in the last six rounds. Jonathan Biabiany went up to 17 career Serie A goals, two in the current campaign, while Ezequiel Schelotto climbed to seven thanks to a new personal best of three this season – one scored for Sassuolo.

Verona have won just one of their last five games, drawing two and failing to score in almost four hours of football. Their last top flight defeat at the Tardini was 3-0 in 1999, followed by a win and a draw.

For the first time this season, Milan lost two Serie A games in a row, something they hadn’t achieved even under Massimiliano Allegri, and failed to score in both of them. Clarence Seedorf’s men have lost four of their last six outings between domestic and European competition. The last time Milan had lost 10 of their opening 27 rounds was 1996-97, when the list of defeats went up to 11.

Udinese ended their month-long winless streak with two draws and as many losses in all competition since beating Chievo 3-0. The Rossoneri have won just one of their last six League trips to the Friuli, drawing one and losing the other four. In the last seven Serie A meetings between these clubs, neither side has managed to score more than two goals.

Antonio Di Natale’s 185th Serie A goal put him just three shy of Alessandro Del Piero and Beppe Signori’s all-time tallies. It was his 12th past Milan, though Roma and Lazio remain his favourite victims on 13.

Inter got back to winning ways after two draws and are unbeaten in 11 official home games, including six victories. However, they haven’t netted more than one goal in any of their last six Serie A San Siro ties. Rodrigo Palacio also bagged a brace against Torino in their 3-3 draw earlier this season and now has 59 career Serie A goals. The Granata suffered a third straight defeat and haven’t won a League fixture away to Inter since 1994, that 2-0 result followed by just five draws and 15 losses.

Antonio Candreva marked his 100th official appearance in a Lazio jersey with his second red card, the other being in a 3-0 defeat at Milan on March 2 2013. Atalanta’s last away victory was 1-0 at Chievo, followed by just two points from 10 attempts. The Orobici also conquered the Olimpico 1-0 in April 2009, followed by three straight defeats without finding the net. Maxi Moralez went up to 12 Serie A goals, five of them in the current campaign.

Sampdoria have amassed 25 points in Sinisa Mihajlovic’s 15 games in charge, but this was the first time this season they came back from behind to win. In fact, the club hadn’t fought back from a two-goal deficit to get all the points since their 4-3 victory at Inter in December 1996.

Nenad Krsticic had only ever scored one previous Serie A goal against Fiorentina in December 2012. Before last week Stefano Okaka hadn’t found the net since April 2012, but has now scored two in as many games and taken his career total to nine. The Blucerchiati hadn’t been able to score four in a single match before this term.

Angelo Palombo marked his 400th appearance in a Samp jersey, putting his fourth in the club’s history books behind Roberto Mancini on 566, Moreno Mannini 510 and Pietro Vierchowod 493.

Livorno had amassed four points from their previous two away fixtures, but have now lost four consecutive Serie A visits to Sampdoria since a 2-0 win in 2006. Ibrahima Mbaye bagged his first Serie A brace at the 22nd appearance.

Catania broke their goal drought after 272 minutes of football thanks to Gonzalo Bergessio’s fourth of the season, his 29th in Serie A overall. Francesco Lodi celebrated his 100th appearance in an Elefantini jersey. Cagliari extended their unbeaten run to one win and two stalemates, but on 11 have more draws than any other club this term. The Sardinians haven’t lost to Catania, home or away, since a 2-0 result in 2011 followed by three wins and as many draws. Matias Vecino had never scored in Serie A before last week, but now has two in as many games.

Sassuolo welcomed back Coach Eusebio Di Francesco after Alberto Malesani lost all five games in charge and ended their run of seven consecutive defeats. Bologna played their second goalless draw on the bounce and haven’t scored in over seven hours of football. Antonio Floro Flores marked his 200th top flight appearance and the 100th for Diego Perez.

Chievo celebrated a second consecutive home victory after beating Catania 2-0. Alberto Paloschi has put five of his 27 Serie A goals past Genoa, who become his favourite victims despite being his former club. The Grifone’s unbeaten run came to a halt after two wins and as many draws, so now Gian Piero Gasperini’s record at the helm is eight victories, seven stalemates and six losses. Alberto Gilardino took his career tally in the top flight to 171, having already put two past Chievo earlier this season.

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Have your say...
Well I said on here a few weeks back that it was too early to judge Milan and we had to see how they went in their next 4 games. Well so far so bad. Can't wait to see them magical turn into a new team for the Atletico game. The attitude stinks!
on the 10th March, 2014 at 10:06am
Seedorf's team selection on Sat was awful. He's clearly put all his egg's in the CL basket. I hope that Milan can do it, but doubt it. Congrats to Juve! I'm still not convinced with Napoli's central midfielders, especially without Jorginho. Roma just haven't been the same (& as potent), since Totti's injury before Xmas. With DDR & the Stroot missing, I'd like to see Florenzi play alongside Pjanic & Nang in cm. How much longer can Prandelli ignore Cassano?
on the 10th March, 2014 at 9:51am

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